Big 10, Mountain West, playoffs? posted by john howard
The Big 10 officially added Nebraska, making their conference 12 teams strong. They can now have a titile game. Altough they say they are not in a hurry but will continue to expand the conference. The Mountain West raised their number to 10 when Boise State announced joining yesterday. They could have a championship game if they wanted to. But, it's a lot easier with 12 or more schools. So, I don't think the Mountain West is done adding teams.
There are currently 11 conferences and the Big 12 looks to be going away. The Big 12 currently has 10 and now the WAC is down to 8 teams. The Big East is the next smallest with 8 and the Sun Belt, the weakest conference has 9. If 3 of these leagues were to dissolve, creating 8 superconferences then, a playoff would fit very nicely. It would actually be a 16 team tournament, since everyone would have a conference championship game.
What may happen is the four conferences above go to other conferences and the remainder form another conference. There are several scenarios to be played out. The next big move will be OU and Texas. They have both been mentioned with the PAC 10. But, not so fast. Former OU QB and current assistant Josh Huepel revealed a text he got suggested the SEC. Everyone is assuming that wherever Texas lands, that Texas A&M will follow. But, the alumni of A&M almost want to the opposite of Texas. They don't want to be thought of as the little brother.
The Pac 10 have already obtained Colorado. So, they now have 11 teams. They will get more, maybe 5 more. Texas officials are meeting on Tuesday to discuss their fate. But, when the Big 10 first announced this recently many speculated all this would be 5 to 10 years down the road. Not, 5 to 10 days. Somebody may shock us today. Just like Boise State did yesterday. Teams that no one is currently talking about are Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, Iowa State. Kansas has had a good run in football recently, but no one considers them a powerhouse football addition. But, on thing that is being over looked, at least by the media, is Kansas' basketball. You instantly gain a titile contender if you add them to your league. That is something that the Pac 10 could use. Although the Big 10 may be a better geographic fit. But, I think those teams just mentioned all have a really good Con USA appeal.Continue reading "Big 10, Mountain West, playoffs?"